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Why Face to Face Training isn’t always the best option:

By Matt Wiggins
11.29.22
man and a dog shaking hands

“I need face to face training”

I get it!

You’ve been struggling so much with your dog’s behaviour and you’ve already taken the advice of friends, family, looked online and probably even seen and invested money in a trainer or two. 

It stands to reason that you feel that you need to see a dog trainer face to face in order to get the results and life with your dog that you are longing for.

It’s your prerogative afterall, it’s your dog and your money. Who am I to tell you how to invest your money and train your dog?

Well, in short…

I’ve got more difficult dogs and struggling owners who were on the verge of giving up, never taking their dog for a walk, sedating them on veterinary advice or advised to rehome them or put them to sleep by other trainers under my belt with the reviews and videos to prove it than anybody else in the World!

Forgive me for stating the obvious but, having spent the last 17 Years developing a proven, guaranteed and hugely successful approach to teaching unskilled owners how to quickly train their difficult dogs which has been used and heavily tested to give literally tens of thousand of dogs and owners a better life together, I believe I know more about how to transform your dogs behaviour than you do!

I’m not prepared to sit here and agree to take your hard earned money unless I am absolutely sure that we are taking the right approach for you and your dog.

I’m also not prepared to just let you disappear and waste your money elsewhere!

By all means pay me, I’d love your money in my account, but only pay me once you’ve taken a considered approach to which route makes the most sense for you and your dog, which one will actually give you the results you are looking for and which one will last the test of time.

That’s why I’m writing this. 

I want to ensure that you get what you pay for.

That you don’t invest more than is required to get the job done and that you keep the results you have invested in for the rest of your dog’s life.

Here’s my reasons why, in detail, I don’t necessarily think that face to face dog training is always the best option and why in most cases, even though you think it’s required, it genuinely isn’t the answer to solving your issues.

If you’re open to saving money, time and resources whilst actually getting the results you wish for, I urge you to read on…

You can probably tell by now that I’m a fairly straight talking kind of guy. So, here’s my uncensored feelings on dogs, owners and their training and why they don’t find success and consistently tell us;

“We’ve tried everything”

When in reality, whilst they may have spent lots of time, money, stress and physical effort they haven’t tried everything because if they had, they’d have a well behaved dog already!

Read on only if you can face the facts, admit the truth and actually want to transform your life with your dog.

1 . Most dog trainers aren’t worthy of their title. FACT!

At WKD HQ, across our different training services my team and I work with literally hundreds of owners of difficult dogs on a daily basis. Our content is consumed by millions of people every month and our free webinars are attended by hundreds of thousands of owners every single year.

Nearly all of them have one thing in common. They have previously been in touch with another trainer(s).

At best they have taken free advice from a trainer who couldn’t help. At worse, they have invested thousands of pounds in training and have nothing to show for it. 

Some of the people we help, in fact hundreds if not thousands of them, have been recommended by a trainer or veterinary professional to never expose their dog to the real world and rather sedate their dog, rehome their dog or put them to sleep.

It’s my opinion that such advice is given by people who have absolutely no right to be giving advice when it comes to dog training.

Folks, please let this sink in, not all dog trainers are created equal. If you’ve got a specific and severe problem with your dogs behaviour then you should only be speaking with a trainer who can evidence, with video and related reviews that they have dealt and succeeded in rehabilitating a dog with the exact specific issue you are facing in a period of time that you find acceptable and for a price you can justify investing.

If they can’t do that. 

Walk away!

2. Most dog owners, when it comes to training, don’t know what they need despite thinking they do.

There’s a reason you haven’t had success yet when it comes to training your dog and ultimately, that reason, the thing standing in the way, is you!

Now I know that may sound harsh but bear with me. I’ve heard every excuse under the sun from dog owners as to why they aren’t getting success and, in almost all cases, whilst you may believe what you are saying, these excuses are nothing more than you excusing the fact that you are failing to make your dog calm, obedient and reliable and your dog is failing to give you the very things you imagined when you invited him/her into your home.

Honestly, I’ve heard it all. Ranging from ‘he’s a lockdown puppy’ to ‘he wasn’t socialized properly’ and everything in between.

I promise you, whatever you think, that’s not the reason you aren’t getting success. It’s because you haven’t found the right approach and you haven’t found the right person to help you. YET!

Let me show you what I mean.

Why do you believe your dog is reactive? Take a moment to answer that question and then watch this video.

3. It’s not at all about the time you spend with a trainer – it’s how much you and your dog retain and actually do when you get home

There is no magic wand here. Most trainers are going to take weeks and week, if not months or years to get you the results you are after.

Next time you speak to your trainer, or are enquiring about training services, ask them the question;

How long will it take to resolve…..?

I’d place money on the fact that most will tell you it can take a really long time to resolve, some will say it may never be solved and the ones who give what seems to be an unrealistic amount of time won’t actually be able to do it.

If you ask me the same question, I’m going to give you a definite answer, back it with a money back guarantee and give you Three options of how to get there.

Why will I be so confident?

Because I know. Based on thousands of dogs and owners with the problem you are facing, I know, on average, how to solve it, how long it will take and what needs to be done to maintain the results. I wouldn’t know this without 17 Years of experience and tens of thousands of industry leading videos and testimonials to prove it. We’ve done the work so you don’t have to!

There’s a misconception commonly held by owners that seeing a trainer face to face will get them the results they are looking for but that’s often far from the truth.

Assuming you actually find the right trainer and get the results you are looking for, regardless of what you achieve in the session it’s what you do at home, following the training that will either make or break your success.

Teaching a person how to train and handle their dog when they are in front of you is easy. The hard part is getting you to maintain it when they get home.

You’re probably already saying to yourself that you’ll be able to keep things going but, in reality, unless you are supported correctly, you won’t be able to. I promise.

You see, almost all issues you are experiencing are based around errors in your handling. This is why a skilled trainer can take your dog from you and get results that you can’t get. 

Unfortunately, so much of what you are doing wrong is subconscious and based on your previous habits and experience that as soon as the trainer isn’t on your shoulder to keep reminding you, you’ll slip back into old habits and as a result, your dogs behaviour will slip back too.

I feel this video is the best example I have of this happening, in real time. This consultation was a great success but look at how many times the trainer had to remind the client not to fall back into old habits. Without the right support, I have no doubt that this client would have soon been shortening the lead again which was the main reason the dog was being reactive.

It’s also completely absurd that you think you will be able to keep things going when, until you meet a trainer, you have absolutely no idea what they are going to ask of you.

For example, most trainers are going to ask you to do things that are completely impractical in the real World. They ask you to ignore the bad but reward the good, to desensitise your dog with distance, to reward your dog even though it won’t take treats. What works in a sterile environment will rarely work for real.

In order for training to work, you either need to see your trainer on an almost daily basis so they can keep you on track or your progress will be very slow. 

The other, cheaper, easier and most preferred route to success is to work with a trainer who has the ability and processes in place to keep you doing what you’ve been taught when you are at home with your dog and proactively keep you on the right track by knowing which mistakes you will make when and give you a nudge at the right time.

4. You will stop as soon as you get the results you want

Here is the single most common reason for failed training, money lost and time wasted.

If you are lucky enough to find a trainer who is actually capable of solving your issues (very hard to find) then, as soon as your dog stops displaying the issue you wanted to resolve, you will stop the training.

Why would you carry on if you’ve fixed it already?

Well, you should carry on because if you don’t, very quickly your dog will revert back to the behaviour you dislike.

Think of it this way, have you ever been on a diet, got to where you wanted and then piled the weight back on again?

I see dog owners falling foul of the same thing on a weekly basis.

Our face to face training only works because it’s supported by our online platform

Teaching you to transform your dogs behaviour by way of our One2One consultations is easy. You’re in front of me, we can set up situations, I can keep reminding you what to do. It really is simple, that’s why we get such amazing results. Most trainers simply cannot do what we do.

In addition, helping you keep the results when you go home is something I’ve spent years trying to solve and I’m pleased to say that nobody has the ability to do it with the ease, simplicity and depth of knowledge that we do.

I don’t want to ever be in a position where you say to me that I miss sold you or took money from you which I shouldn’t have because there was a better way.

I’m telling you straight, regardless of your thoughts and opinions when enquiring, nothing gets owners of difficult dogs the results they crave like our online, trainer support platform does. Not residential, not face to face, not anything.

Our online platform is the best performing, most positively reviewed and best tested training offering that we have.

At this point you are likely thinking “Why is Matt trying to talk me out of a service that he offers? Why doesn’t he want to see me face to face?”

Well, I’m not really trying to talk you out of it, I’m just asking for you to consider things properly before you jump to a level of investment which may be completely avoided if you had the help and guidance you required. 

In fact, I’m so confident that we can get you to a different place very quickly with your dog that every single training solution we offer is backed by a full money back guarantee – If it doesn’t work, you don’t pay! GUARANTEED!

So, what next?

Well, based on a vast amount of experience of working with owners just like you, I’d advise that we take a slightly different route with an aim to get your issues resolved very quickly but whilst reducing the financial investment as much as possible.

I want to be clear though, you can absolutely jump straight to face to face training with us and you will certainly get the results you are looking for but it wouldn’t be right for me not to explain the potentially quicker, easier and less expensive option first.

Ok, so, first things first, EVERY SINGLE TRAINING SERVICE provided by WKD comes with a FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

We’ll happily share our terms around such a strong and industry leading guarantee but let me wrap it up like this;

Regardless of the service, if you work with us, follow the process, make us aware if you are having issues and any of our training doesn’t work then you don’t pay.

We have Three training solutions on offer at WKD. 

WKD Online Training 

WKD One2One Consultations

WKD Residential Training

Now, before I start, I can imagine that you’ve already skipped straight over the online training – how can that work for you with the effort you’ve already put in, money and time invested and with your dogs level and number of issues. 

Well, don’t discard it as an idea just yet. It isn’t at all what you think. Here’s a brief breakdown of all Three services and how, ideally, they intertwine to save you spending money you don’t need to and compliment each other perfectly to get you the results you are looking for.

WKD Residential Training – 14 and 28 Day packages

Following our well storied success in solving major issues when it came to supplying an untrained person with a WKD Fully Trained Dog we became experts at teaching an owner how to maintain a high level of training once we had got a particular dog ready for handover. The natural progression was to begin offering residential training services.

WKD Residential training courses are uniquely designed to take away the hassle of training your dog yourself, get you a guaranteed result, built in back up service to guarantee long term success and an Industry leading money back guarantee. If it doesn’t work, you don’t pay!

Based around either a 14 or 28 Day stay, your dog will be welcomed to WKD as if he/she was one of our own. Diligently trained, thoroughly exposed and handed over with a 6 month back up service and ongoing support included. 

Training your dog is the easy part, keeping you in a place where you maintain your dogs new behaviour is another thing entirely, so, in addition to the 6 Month back up service and ongoing support we are now pleased to announce that you get lifetime access to WKD Online training included in your package completely free of charge so you can see exactly what we did and how we trained your dog and replicate it yourself at home to keep your dogs behaviour in top order.

WKD One2One Consultations

Following such success and the realisation that most residential dogs that came to WKD would have a complete transformation in just a few short sessions our next mission became – How do we get you to do what we do, as quickly as us.

We have always wanted to be as accessible as possible and in order to do so, we had to offer a service which would justify driving all the way from Scotland, Cornwall or Ireland to see us. It had to work, it had to be quick and the results needed to last.

From humble beginnings, the now unrivalled WKD One2One consultation was born.. 

Three short Hours to a guaranteed transformation regardless of the issue, no success no fee, free remedial training, ongoing support and check ins and, to ensure you remember and apply what you learnt, in the way we explained it, Lifetime access to WKD Online Dog Training Included.

WKD Online Training

With the vast success of our WKD One2One consultations over a number of years it wasn’t long before demand far outstripped our ability to supply. 

This huge demand on both my time and my trainers time combined with an overwhelming desire to improve the lives of dogs and owners around the World led me to finally look at introducing an Online training platform to replicate the very same success regardless of where the client and dog are living in the World.

WKD Online Training became a reality – a training solution like no other!

Our approach to training dogs and resolving issues focuses on the human first, if you don’t understand how your dog makes decisions, how to have great timing and how to maintain training over the long term with as little input as possible then you won’t get success regardless of you training residentially, one2one or online.

Once we have upskilled you in a very simple and easy to understand manner, we teach you, step by step, through short and simple videos exactly how to transform your dogs behaviour.

Think you need to see somebody weekly because you’ve got such an issue on your hands? 

Well, WKD Online gives you full trainer support whenever you require it and simple, easy to film (even on your own) video assignments to move through the platform to more advanced lessons.

It is literally like being with me every single step of the way. Every Day!

What I’d suggest

Ok, so, let me reiterate again, every single training service from WKD comes with a money back guarantee. If you do what’s asked, follow the process, tell us as soon as you are experiencing issues and it doesn’t work – you don’t pay.

Also, at WKD, we are on your side and want you to only invest what is needed in terms of money and time to get the results you are looking for.

Dog training, when done right, is simple, quick to work and easy to maintain!

Add to this the strength of our guarantees and whilst you certainly don’t have to, I’d advise everybody to start with our online training package. 

If it hasn’t worked inside 30 Days you can have a full refund or, if you wish, you could upgrade to a One2One or Residential and we would deduct any fees already paid.

If you start with online, realistically, in 14 days from now you are going to be making huge progress or you will need more help. If you are making great progress, you retain your lifetime trainer support through the platform and you’ve saved a chunk of money in the process.

If on the other hand you are still struggling with the online platform then we should look to get you more involved help. In most cases, I would recommend a WKD One2One consultation next.

These consultations offer a guaranteed result bolstered by our famous no success, no fee payment terms. Free, in person remedial training, access to WKD Online Training and dedicated check in emails to ensure you are staying on track following the consultation and beyond.

At this point, If you have already invested in WKD Online but are still struggling despite giving it a good go and subsequently book in to see myself for a consultation we will knock the online training fee you have already paid off your consultation fee so there is absolutely no risk in giving it a go but plenty of benefits of trying the online platform first.

Most clients we see for One2One consultations cannot believe how quickly their dogs behaviour changes. Literally, we get owners with some of the UK’s most reactive dogs and transform their behaviour in their owners hands within just 30 minutes. 

The rest of the time is simply spent helping the owner become good enough and confident enough to handle all the situations that life may throw at them.

Getting the amazing results we show across our various platforms is one thing, keeping the results for you and your dog is another entirely. Not because the training doesn’t last but rather because, once your dog is well behaved, you will forget to stay on top of your dogs behaviour. It’s human nature, why would you take any route other than the easiest one?

This is where our unique back up support, supplied by a combination of lifetime access to WKD Online Training with full trainer support and email check ins which keep you on track and maintain your training over the long term come into their own. 

Further bolstering our guarantee, if, following a consultation, you do your bit (a few simple videos from time to time) so we can keep you on track and your training starts to regress, we will see you for unlimited remedial sessions, both at WKD and in the real World free of charge! 

That’s right, one fee, guaranteed results, free support and lifetime access to WKD Online Training included!

At WKD we are obsessed about getting you the results you want for a fair investment.

I’d always prefer for you to go through the steps outlined above it’s the proven and logical approach to success, however, I’d also prefer to throw everything I’ve already said out of the window if it was a choice for you between face to face training or unwanted drastic action such as rehoming, sedation or PTS.

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